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Seasonal Allergy is a major spring-time nuisance. Allergy symptoms are especially disturbing for kids, who may suffer from sleep loss, fatigue, and even learning problems. I often wish I could trade places with my son when I hear him toss and turn in bed due to stuffed nose or intermittent coughing. He looks miserable with red, itchy and watery eyes when staying outdoors. I'm constantly on the lookout for ways to help him feel better and here are some tips that I've found most effective in providing allergy relief for my child.
- Monitor pollen level and plan outdoor activities accordingly. I check local pollen levels every day on Weather.com and try to keep my son playing indoors when the levels are high.
- Drink plenty of water. It's important to keep children hydrated regardless of whether they are allergy sufferers. Kids with allergy are particularly in need of water to help them recover from the aftermath of sneezing and coughing. Warm (not hot) water with honey really works to soothe coughs and sore throats.
- Change clothes and take a warm bath or shower after playing outside for an extended period of time. This helps to minimize exposure to allergens that might have been brought back home.
- Use a humidifier. Keeping indoor air at a safe moisture level (30%-50%) helps alleviate breathing problems. My son goes to sleep faster and sleeps better when the humidifier is on.
- Use protective bedding products and change regularly. We've using mattress protectors and pillow cases with allergy control features for a while and noticed improvements in our sleep quality. My son loves the feel of the fabric of his allergy proof pillow case.
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